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Air Qual Atmos Health DOI 10.1007/s11869-016-0424-1

Physical properties and lung deposition of particles emitted from five major indoor sources Tuan V. Vu 1 & Jakub Ondracek 2 & Vladimir Zdímal 2 & Jaroslav Schwarz 2 & Juana Maria Delgado-Saborit 1 & Roy M. Harrison 1,3

Received: 8 March 2016 / Accepted: 25 July 2016 # The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at

Abstract The physical properties of indoor particles were measured with an Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) system (14.6–850 nm), an Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (APS, 0.54–18 μm) and an Hygroscopic Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer (H-TDMA) in an apartment located in an urban background site in Prague (Czech Republic) from 15 August to 8 September, 2014. The total particle maximum number concentration was 9.38 × 104, 1.46 × 105, 2.89 × 104, 2.25 × 105 and 1.57 × 106 particles cm−3 for particles released from vacuum cleaning, soap/W5 cleaning spray, smoking, incense burning and cooking (frying) activities, respectively. Particles emitted from cleaning activities showed unimodal number size distributions, with the majority of particles (>98.2 %) in the ultrafine size range (Dp

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